SEC’s Colby Joins Davis Polk & Wardwell
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Robert ColbyRobert Colby, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s deputy director of the division of trading & markets, will leave the agency this month after 27 years. He will join the Washington, DC office of New York’s Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Colby is credited by the SEC with having led “the development and implementation of investor protection policies, rules and interpretations governing broker-dealers, securities markets, clearance and settlement systems and transfer agents.”

Colby joined the SEC staff in 1981 as a staff attorney in the division, where he was promoted to chief counsel in 1986 and deputy director in 1993.


He graduated with a BA from Bowdoin College, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Davis Polk & Wardwell is an international law firm that employs more than 740 attorneys, and is primarily known for its corporate, litigation and tax practices.

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